Esther Stewart’s hardedge abstract paintings and experimental sculptures explore repetition and composition through colour and line. The body of work for Endless, That’s the Problem, is constructed as an installation, where each piece frames the other, formed through the same processes in both their two and three-dimensional configurations. Stewart’s paintings mimic the lines of architecture and echo the visual language of plans and maps. In this unique iteration her paintings and sculptures will frame one another to enact spatial relationships that will inform new and alternative interpretations of her work. Stewart has incorporated new painting techniques into these works, experimenting with marble effects that mimic traditional sculptural material and grand interiors.
Stewart completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, completing first class honours in 2010 and graduating from a Master of Cultural and Arts Management at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Solo exhibitions include Makin’ Plans, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013; Carton, Rearview, Melbourne, 2011; and Futurity, TCB Arts Inc, Melbourne, 2010. Recent group exhibitions include Never Never Land, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, 2014; SUB12, The Substation, Melbourne, 2013; painting / scuplture / floor work / wall work, Stockroom, Kyneton, 2013; Group Work, Mr Kitly, 2012; Obus Wall Project no.6, Craft Cubed Festival, 2012; Debut 2010, Blindside, Melbourne, 2011; House Me Within a Geometric Quality, Platform Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2011; and Annual Manual: A Guide to Australian Design Now, Object Space, Sydney, 2011. She was finalist at the Incinerator Moonee Ponds Sculpture Awards, Melbourne, 2010; and the Craft Victoria Fresh! Awards, 2010.